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The Black Feather Boa

André Derain (French, Chatou 1880–1954 Garches)
Oil on canvas
64 x 38 1/2 in. (162.6 x 97.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
To the dismay of many of his early supporters, Derain abandoned his vibrant Fauve palette after World War I for the muted colors seen in this portrait of his favorite niece by marriage, Geneviève Thailland (b. 1919). This picture has been called the finest example of Derain's late figurative style.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): A. Derain
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, New York (in 1941); Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum, New York (until 1989; sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 9, 1989, no. 40, sold to Matisse); Pierre Matisse, New York (until d. 1989); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989–d. 2001); Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA)

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. "André Derain: Le peintre du 'trouble moderne'," November 18, 1994–March 19, 1995, no. 155.

Madrid. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. "A. Derain (1880–1954): El pintor del 'malestar moderno'," April 4–July 23, 1995, no. 39.

Osaka. Daimaru Museum. "André Derain," September 20–October 1, 1995, no. 44.

Tokyo. Daimaru Museum. "André Derain," October 26–November 7, 1995, no. 44.

Kyoto. Daimaru Museum. "André Derain," December 31, 1995–January 23, 1996, no. 44.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection," May 18, 2004–June 26, 2005, no catalogue.

Paris. Mona Bismarck Foundation. "Pierre Matisse, passeur passionné: Un marchand d'art et ses artistes," October 20, 2005–January 14, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 101).

Copenhagen. Statens Museum for Kunst. "André Derain: An Outsider in French Art," February 10–May 13, 2007, no. 74.

Malcolm Vaughan. Derain. New York, 1941, pp. 76–77, pl. 39.

Madge Garland. The Changing Face of Beauty: Four Thousand Years of Beautiful Women. London, 1957, p. 223, ill. p. 183.

Patrice Bachelard. Derain: Un fauve pas ordinaire. Paris, 1994, p. 76, ill.

Michel Kellermann. André Derain: Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 3, 1935–1954. Paris, 1999, p. 93, no. 1704, ill.

Sabine Rewald in "Selections from the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61 (Spring 2004), pp. 12–13, ill.

Holland Cotter. "Matisse the Son, Illuminating His Father's Legacy." New York Times (2004), p. E28.

Hilton Kramer. "Dealer Pierre Matisse, Henri's Collector Son, Shown at Metropolitan." New York Observer (June 14, 2004), p. 1.

Louise Nicholson. "A Man of Infinite Taste: The Met has Bagged a Major Treasure in the Pierre Matisse Collection." Apollo 160 (October 2004), p. 85.

Sabine Rewald. The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. New York, 2009, pp. 43–46, 151–52, ill. p. 45 (color).

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